Oxfam appoints former UN official to head independent commission on sexual abuse and exploitation

Charity announces new whistleblowing hotline and reference system to ensure staff guilty of misconduct cannot find work elsewhere in aid sector

Oxfam has appointed a former United Nations official to head an independent commission on sexual abuse and exploitation in the wake of a scandal over misconduct by its staff.

Zainab Bangura, a former under-secretary general of the UN and representative on sexual violence in conflict, will co-chair the body alongside former World Bank vice-president Katherine Sierra

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The Oxfam scandal does not justify demonising the entire aid sector

The #MeToo movement has been sparking change across the world. Now the humanitarian community has become the latest sector forced to recognise it has a serious problem that has been neglected for too long.

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Oxfam is not the only charity that needs to act swiftly to manage a crisis

It’s been a bad few weeks for the charitable sector. The revelations about the Presidents Club gala, which raised a reported £2m for charitable causes including Great Ormond Street Hospital, have been followed by Oxfam being accused of hushing up claims of sexual exploitation by its aid workers in Haiti, and sexual harassment in its shops. Save the Children has admitted firing 16 staff members over reports of sexual misconduct in the past year and Brendan Cox, the husband of the murdered MP Jo Cox has resigned from the two charities he set up in her memory after being publicly accused of sexual assault.

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Q&A: Mercy Corps CEO on the NGOs of the future

„The organization of the future has to wrestle with a more fragile world in which the drivers of poverty are conflict and violence, not underdevelopment as we used to think of before.“ Mercy Corps Chief Executive Officer Neal Keny-Guyer talks to Devex about partnerships, technology, and how NGOs will need to adapt and evolve as we head towards 2030.

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irin – Ten humanitarian crises to look out for in 2018

From the Rohingya to South Sudan, hurricanes to famine, 2017 was full of disasters and crises. But 2018 is shaping up to be even worse. Here’s why.

The UN has appealed for record levels of funding to help those whose lives have been torn apart, but the gap between the funding needs and the funding available continues to grow.

And what makes the outlook especially bad for 2018 is that the political will needed to resolve conflicts, welcome refugees, and address climate change also appears to be waning. What a difference a year, a new US president, and a German election make.

Here’s our insider take on 10 crises that will shape the humanitarian agenda in 2018…

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Humanitarian Law & Policy (Blog) – Challenges & dilemmas in frontline negotiations: Interview with Claude Bruderlein

Frontline staff of humanitarian organizations often negotiate with an array of local and international actors to establish a presence in conflict environments, ensure access to vulnerable groups and facilitate the delivery of assistance. On the occasion of the Second Annual Meeting of Frontline Humanitarian Negotiators—a gathering of 180 frontline staff as well as Geneva-based humanitarian practitioners and researchers—we asked Claude Bruderlein about current challenges in humanitarian negotiations in conflicts around the world.

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devex – 5 African crises to watch in 2018

ABIDJAN — A recently published analysis by the Assessment Capacities Project, or ACAPS, a Geneva-based humanitarian think tank, is warning international aid agencies to prepare for a busy year ahead, as many of 2017’s persistent humanitarian crises are expected to worsen and shrinking humanitarian budgets will hamper addressing the needs of affected populations.

“The Humanitarian Overview: An analysis of key crises into 2018” takes a look into 17 ongoing humanitarian crises worldwide, including many that impact African countries such as Libya, Somalia, Nigeria, Mali, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sudan, and South Sudan.

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NZZ – Travel Risk Map 2018 : Diese Länder sind 2018 für Reisende tabu

Chile, Südkorea oder Portugal gehören zu den Top-Destinationen im nächsten Jahr, sagt  der Reiseführer «Lonely Planet». Doch es gibt auch Destinationen, wohin sich kein Tourist verirren sollte. Ein Blick auf die «Travel Risk Map 2018».

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AP News – Tanzania president in shock over UN Congo attack

The Latest on deadly attack on U.N. peacekeepers in Congo:

Tanzania’s president is expressing shock over the killing of 14 Tanzanian peacekeepers in the deadliest single attack on a U.N. peacekeeping mission in recent memory.

President John Magufuli is urging the East African nation to remain calm on the eve of its independence day on Saturday.

He also says he is praying for the quick recovery of the 53 peacekeepers injured in Thursday evening’s attack by rebels in eastern Congo.

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